1. What is civic space?
Civic space is created by a universally accepted set of rules, which allow people to organize, participate and communicate with each other freely and without hindrance, and in doing so, influence the political and social structures around them.
2. Can only one organization apply?
This process is intended for coalitions. Individual applications will not be considered.
3. Can the support be renewed?
This support is non-renewable. It is envisaged that proposal’s objective will be tested in a single iteration.
4. Can I apply as a grantee of Pulsante or its member organizations?
Since the fund is designed to support groups in the advancement of a particular situation, this is something that will be evaluated on an individual basis by the committee.
5. How does Pulsante define a campaign?
Pulsante defines a campaign as a set of activities – such as statements, informative and training activities, of awareness-raising and social mobilization, actions aimed at the media – that are integrated in a consistent strategy whose objective is to generate sustainable changes in ideas, values, policies and/or practices that affect those who are most vulnerable and the full exercise of human rights, thereby influencing key decision-makers and placing these issues in the public agenda.
The goal is to design campaigns with specific objectives–through organized citizenry and the establishment of alliances/collectives–to generate social mobilization in search of change, not research.
6. What does Pulsante consider social mobilization?
Social mobilization can manifest as a group of organizations or persons whose objective is to generate political and social change and/or to influence public policy and accountability issues; an organized civil society group that seeks to place issues on the public agenda in response to legislation that violates freedoms and human rights; or even a social movement that reveals the power of a group unified by common values and actions.
7. What does Pulsante mean by relevance and feasibility?
The Rapid Response Fund focuses on promoting rapid, viable and relevant actions in a specific situation that will allow us to advance or avoid the regression of the rights already won by our societies.
8. How do we define window of opportunity?
a) What IS considered a “window of opportunity” in the RRF?
A window of opportunity is understood as an atypical moment connected to the current political, economic and/or social situation of a country that allows for a specific issue to be positioned, advanced or concluded within that limited juncture. This is where the exceptionality of a window of opportunity lies – in the now or never potential to carry out a campaign amid that particular and perhaps unique time.
· Window (a limited period of time) + opportunity (a moment to do or achieve something).
· Limited time (a maximum of six months).
· The issue can only be addressed at this specific time.
b) What is NOT considered a window of opportunity in the RRF?
· An opportunity that can be addressed in various moments with less short-term urgency (six months, a year or more from now, etc.). An example might be a general campaign that has no specific focus, addressing subjects such as literacy, training on human rights, institutionalized social problems, etc.
· An objective that requires more than six months to execute.
· An institutional or generic social change (for example, ending racism, poverty, inequality, gender violence, COVID, etc.).
9. What do we mean by a “coalition or group of organizations”?
A coalition is transitory, does not require registration, is for the defense of common interests and can be formed between different actors.
10. What do we mean by a “collective of organized civil society”?
A group of people or organizations coming together with common interests or to achieve a common goal. Some, but not all, collectives are formally and legally constituted.